The Suri people of South Western Ethiopia and South Sudan form part of the Surma ethnic group
which includes the Mursi and Me’en people. Collectively they number over 180,000.
They are sedentary pastoralists with villages located in remote, often desolate regions where they survive
chiefly on the milk and blood of their cattle. Having lived in Ethiopia for four years, photographer
Trevor Cole has come to love the diversity of culture and people in the country. “It is a land
which lends itself to photography as the people still have an inextricable bond with their environment,” he says.
“The country is so diverse in terms of landscapes and it is this which has shaped the people who live there.
There is a quote from Paul Caponegro which comes to mind when photographing the Ethiopian people –
‘It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.'”